Harold Bloom’s comment on Hart Crane (1899-1932) is all the more poignant knowing that Crane considered some of his major work to have been a failure, suffered recurring bouts of alcoholism, and appears to have committed suicide when he jumped overboard a ship he was travelling on.    

Crane wrote each poem as though it could be the last of his life. 

Source: Harold Bloom, Till I End My Song: A gathering of last poems (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), p. xxv

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